Cheltenham Festival Betting: Tom Lee's Day Four Tips & Blog


After three days of thrills and spills at Prestbury Park they're saving the best 'til last at Cheltenham, with the £550,000 Gold Cup (3.20pm) the crown jewel in a glittering seven race card on the fourth and final day. 

The likes of Douvan, Un De Sceaux, Faugheen, Don Poli, Dodging Bullets, Vautour and Cole Harden have provided us with highlights to grace any Festival up 'til now, but it's the identity of the winner of the blue riband event that has everyone trying to work out if it'll be Silviniaco Conti's year at last, can AP McCoy bow out with a winner on Carlingford Lough, could Bobs Worth or Lord Windermere bounce back, or might it be a first winning novice since 1974 in the shape of Coneygree?

Certainly the presence of Coneygree is a bold step from his connections - you have to go back to Captain Christy to find a novice winning the big one, but his exuberant style could be a perfect match the demands of the race. 

Hennessy winner Many Clouds would've preferred monsoon season to have arrived early to turn the ground properly soft, but one name in an open race who won't mind any ground is Noel Mead's Road To Riches.

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The eight-year-old is on a roll after Grade 1 wins at Down Royal and Leopardstown, and has steadily improved since winning last summer's Galway Plate.

It doesn't seem to matter whether he races left or right handed, or an a flat or undulating track, and hopefully there's still some improvement to come.

He's got the right profile as a second season chaser who hasn't run this calendar year, and best of all we'll get a nice each way price. 

Road To Riches carries the distinctive maroon silks of Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud, who on Wednesday enjoyed a double with Don Poli in the RSA and Rivage D'Or in the Cross Country.

On Gold Cup day 2014 they enjoyed a staggering four winners (Tiger Wood, Savello, Very Wood & Don Poli), and it could be another productive afternoon. 

By the time the Gold Cup rolls around Gigginstown could already have toasted a double, with their exciting Willie Mullins-trained filly Petite Parisienne the pick in the opening Triumph Hurdle (1.30).

She won the key trial at Leopardstown, with the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile producing a stunning three winners inside the last four seasons, plus two seconds, a third and a fourth!

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Petite Parisienne gets a handy seven pounds weight allowance, and looks a definite each way player. 

They could also have the best hand going into the County Hurdle (2.05), with The Game Changer of definite interest on his first start for Gordon Elliott. 

Elliott enjoyed a winner with Cause Of Causes on Tuesday, and might have inherited a a feasibly handicapped County contender from the now retired Charlie Swan. 

Third in last year's Galway Hurdle, he knows his way around a big field handicap and may improve for the change of scenery.

Lastly, try your luck with one at a big price in the concluding Grand Annual (5.15), with Grumeti the selection to give Alan King another winner after the Ryanair victory of Uxizandre on Thursday.  

Novices have won four of the last six, and this is a horse who knows his way around Cheltenham, running into third in the Triumph Hurdle of 2012.

He's done well in four starts over fences to date, and could improve for the fitting of a pair of first-time blinkers. Good luck!

 

1.30 - JCB Triumph Hurdle - Petite Parisienne (each way)

2.05 - Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle - The Game Changer (each way)

3.20 - Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup - Road To Riches (each way)

5.15 - A.P.McCoy Grand Annual Handicap Chase - Grumeti (each way)

 

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